Autistic teen's dream to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes true

Jake Bynum, who is autistic, finds comfort in the support of his family, his service dog and all things racing. He is in his first year of high school, attending two classes at school and two at home. Jake is a huge NASCAR fan and enjoys sharing his knowledge about the sport. His favorite driver is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dream On 3, a Charlotte wish-granting organization that makes sports dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and life-altering conditions, helped Jake's dream to meet Earnhardt, Jr. and see his pit crew up close come true this weekend.

Jake spent time with Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday. He was also able to meet Kasey Kahne.

The teen, who also loves roller coasters and Legos, participates in a pre-employment program at a local bakery.

His send-off Sunday began from the bakery. He rode to Charlotte Motor Speedway in a limousine.

Jake made new friends at the speedway, and also became a member of the No. 88 pit crew.

He also signed the wall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dream On 3 granted another boy's wish during the 2014 May races. Edwin Hernandez, 11, received a heart transplant from Levine Children's Hospital. He spent time last year with his favorite driver Joey Logano.

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.